[Report] Utilities Moving Toward Alternative Resource Investments

State utilities – such as New York’s Con Edison – are beginning to consider non-traditional infrastructure and resource investments to meet peak load. Distributed energy resources investments and increased customer engagement will help create a more diverse, resilient energy grid. Over the next year – and beyond – State PUCs and utilities will work closely...

[Report] Non-Hydro Energy Storage Gaining Traction in Grid-Scale Applications

Non-hydro utility-scale energy storage solutions are landing record-setting contracts in multiple regions, marking a transition beyond small-scale ancillary services. Fast-reacting and flexible energy storage resources can efficiently provide ancillary services to free-up traditional generation assets for wholesale market participation. The U.S. Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change recently cited that by 2022, the worldwide demand...

DOE Launches Industry Partner Network to Engage Minorities in Energy Sector

The DOE’s Minorities in Energy Industry Partner Network aims to build minorities’ capacity to compete for energy sector opportunities. On November 18, 2014 — the first anniversary of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Minorities in Energy Initiative (MIE) — DOE launched the MIE Industry Partner Network to increase engagement of underrepresented communities in the energy sector....

SunEdison Acquires First Wind for $2.4B

The acquisition of Massachusetts-based First Wind marks SunEdison’s entry into the global wind market, potentially making it the world’s largest renewable energy company. On November 17, 2014, global solar developer SunEdison Inc. and its indirect subsidiary TerraForm Power Inc. announced a definitive agreement to acquire Boston-based First Wind, a leading independent wind development and asset management...

New York Announces Large-Scale Renewable Projects under RPS Program

Four large-scale renewable energy projects selected through RPS Main Tier solicitations will add approximately 164 MW to New York’s renewable energy capacity. On November 12, 2014, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $206M in funding to four Upstate large-scale clean energy projects aimed to reduce emissions and improve energy infrastructure resiliency.  Once operational, the...

ISO New England Releases Annual Regional System Plan

ISO New England’s 2014 Regional System Plan underscores that retirements indicate the need for new resources to address future demand despite energy efficiency measures projected to flatten demand over time. On November 6, 2014, ISO New England (ISO-NE) issued the 2014 Regional System Plan, its annual guide on New England’s long term power-system planning efforts.  The...

Federal Agencies Unveil Sustainability and Climate Adaptation Plans

The White House has released federal agencies’ sustainability and climate plans outlining methods to incorporate energy and climate considerations into their decision-making. On October 31, 2014 – the fifth anniversary of the 2009 Executive Order on Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance – the White House released federal agencies’ sustainability and climate change adaptation plans, detailing...

DOE Funding to Support Solar Energy Grid Integration

The DOE has announced new funding to support cost-effective integration of distributed, on-site solar power systems to the electric grid. On October 29, 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced $15M in funding to facilitate cost-effective and reliable distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) and energy storage to overcome challenges of increasing solar deployment – such as variability of...

DOE Launches Lap-Corps to Commercialize Clean Energy Technologies

The DOE’s Lap-Corps will enable national laboratory teams to access private sector opportunities to commercialize innovative clean energy technologies. On October 29, 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced the launch of Lap-Corps, a $2.3M pilot program to accelerate commercialization of innovative clean energy technologies developed by DOE National Laboratories.  Lap-Corps – modeled on the...

U.S. Army and NREL Partner on Net-Zero Energy Pilot Program

The Army has partnered with NREL to install net-zero energy installations at nine pilot sites, potentially replacing eight percent of its current installation site energy supply with renewable energy. On October 27, 2014, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced a partnership with the U.S. Army to advance Net Zero Energy...

New York Green Bank Begins Transactions

NY Green Bank’s initial transactions will produce more than $800M in investments supporting clean energy projects that would annually avoid 575,000 tons of carbon emissions. On October 22, 2014, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the NY Green Bank’s first seven transactions, which – supported and agreed to in principle – will produce more...